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RadioPlanner 3.0

Mobile and Broadcast Network Planning

RadioPlanner 3.0 is RF planning tool for:

-    Mobile networks: 5G (NR), LTE, UMTS, GSM, GSM-R, WCDMA

     This is a great tool for planning private 5G / 4G networks.

-    LTE / 5G fixed wireless access (FWA) networks
-    Public safety land mobile networks: P25, TETRA, DMR, dPMR, NXDN
-    Wireless IoT LPWAN networks: LoRa, SigFox
-    Precision agriculture systems
-    Terrestrial radio and television broadcast networks: ATSC, DVB-T, DVB-T2, ISDB-T, DTMB, DAB, DAB+
-    Air-to-ground communication and radio navigation systems operating in VHF, UHF, and microwave frequencies: UAV (Drone) Control, Air-to-ground radio, ADS-B, VOR, DME

The video below is quite old and is missing many important features. We will try to update it soon. Please check out all the latest features of RadioPlanner 3.0 in the User Manual.

Main Features

Propagation models:

-    ITU-R P.1812-6
-    ITU-R P.1546-6 
-    Longley-Rice (ITM) v1.2.2
-    Okumura-Hata
-    3GPP TR 38.901
-    Combined ITU-R P.528-3 + P.526-14 (for Ground-to-Air Radio only)

RadioPlanner 3.0 performs various coverage prediction for mobile networks:

-    Received Power
-    Best Server (Strongest Server)
-    C/(I+N) Ratio
-    Maximum Throughput
-    Maximum Aggregated Throughput
-    Area with Signal above Both Base and Mobile Thresholds
-    Number of Servers
-    Coverage Probability
-    RSRP for LTE and 5G
-    RSRQ for LTE and 5G
-    Simulcast Delay Spread
-    Received Power with Simulcast Interference

-    TalkOut and TalkBack
-    Field Strength

 

Area studies for terrestrial radio and television broadcast transmitters include:

-    Field Strength at Receiver Location
-    Best Server

-    Simulcast Delay Spread
-    FCC contours
-    ITU-R P.1546-6 contours
-    Population coverage
-    Generation of list of localities covered by broadcasting

Area studies for Air-to-Ground radio communication systems include:

-    Received power Air-to-Ground link
-    Received power Ground-to-Air link
-    Best Server Air-to-Ground link

 

RadioPlanner offers the following features:

-    Work with multiple networks within a single project and view aggregate coverage predictions for maximum throughput and number of servers.
-    Plan radio network frequencies while considering co-channel and adjacent channel interference.
-    Display of path profiles with path losses and levels of carrier and interference on the co-channel and adjacent channels.
-    Perform multipoint study of a group of CPE or IoT sensors (end devices), each with their individual parameters (antenna height, antenna gain, transmitter power, cable loss, and penetration loss) under varying deployment conditions.
-    Import measured signal power level results for comparison with calculated values and adjust propagation model parameters.
-    Compare multiple coverage prediction results.
-    Save coverage prediction results as an interactive web page, KMZ file, PNG image, GeoTiff, CSV file, or MIF file.
-    Flexibly adjust base map layers and display custom vector layers.

 

GIS features:


-    Default digital terrain model (DTM) with 30m plane resolution, automatically loaded worldwide (see Appendix 2 for data source details).
-    Option to use custom DTM in GeoTiff format.
-    Default clutter model with nine clutter types, automatically loaded worldwide. Created from OpenStreetMap (www.openstreetmap.org) and Global Forest Change projects.
-    Option to use custom clutter in GeoTiff format.
-    Common (e.g., OpenStreetMap, OpenTopoMap, US Topo) and custom base maps.

For complete information about the RadioPlanner 3.0, please refer to the User Manual.

 

You can download the software and try out all its features during a 7-day trial period. The trial version differs from the full-featured version only in its inability to save project files.

In the folder containing the trial installation file, you will also find many sample projects for various standards of mobile communication, TV and radio broadcasting, as well as an air-to-ground communication project. These standard projects are ready for calculation; simply open the project and click on the “Calculate coverage” button.

Field Strength for FM Transmitter

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LoRaWAN Coverage

Simulcast Delay Spread for P25 Network

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Base Station Parameters

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Uplink Rx Power Coverage for P25 700 MHz

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RSRP Coverage for LTE Band 12 

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Point Analisys

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LTE parameters

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Maximum Throughput for 5G N78 network

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Best Server for LTE network

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C/(I+N) ratio for LoRaWAN network

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Air-to-Ground Radio Coverage

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LoRaWAN full report in Excel

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Propagation Model Parameters

Propagation Model Parameters

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Base Station Parameters

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Uplink Rx Power Coverage for P25 700 MHz

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RSRP Coverage for LTE Band 12

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Point Analisys

LTE parameters

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Maximum Throughput for 5G N78 network

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Best Server for LTE network

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C/(I+N) ratio for LoRaWAN network

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Simulcast Delay Spread for P25 Network

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Field Strength for FM Transmitter

Air-to-Ground Radio Coverage

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LoRaWAN full report in Excel

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LoRaWAN Coverage

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User Reviews & Testimonials

Joel Stemp

GENCOM, Australia

January 11, 2024

For over a year now, we've successfully utilized the MlinkPlanner - RadioPlanner suite of tools with remarkable outcomes. Whether tackling a straightforward PTP link plan or orchestrating the complexities of a TETRA digital radio network design, this software consistently surpassed our expectations.

 

One of the standout features of MlinkPlanner is its user-friendly interface. Navigating through the software is intuitive, and the well-designed layout makes it easy to access the extensive range of tools and features.

 

The planning capabilities of this software are nothing short of impressive. MlinkPlanner and RadioPlanner account for various factors such as terrain, obstructions, and signal strength, presenting a comprehensive and accurate representation of potential coverage challenges. This meticulous level of detail ensures that the final network design is not only feasible but also optimized for peak performance. Recent real-world RF surveys in unserviced areas of the Hunter Valley validated the accuracy and detail provided by these tools, aligning seamlessly with predictive coverage plots.

 

Customer support from the MlinkPlanner team deserves special mention. Their responsiveness and willingness to assist with any queries or concerns reflect a commitment to user satisfaction. It's evident that the developers behind MlinkPlanner are dedicated to continually improving the software and providing top-notch support. Highly recommend MlinkPlanner to professionals seeking a reliable solution for their connectivity planning needs.

Lee Afflerbach P.E.

Engineering Director                                                                                                                                                                                 

CTC Media Group -- New Bern, NC

November 4th, 2022

We have been using your Radio/MLink Planner software for over a year with excellent results in validating and designing numerous VHF/UHF network sites throughout the US. We recently added the EMF Planner to our toolbox and found it a powerful tool for analyzing complex multi-carrier sites. All the software is easy to use; very initiative. The manuals are excellent. They provide all the pertinent step-by-step,  how to do it information and the methodology associated with both FCC and ITU standards. Best of all is the prompt online support your firm provides.

Michael Duncan
AVE Technologies, Australia

October 18th, 2021

 

Our company has been using the RadioPlanner and MLinkPlanner software with great success in planning and developing coverage studies for a number of our large industrial clients. The RadioPlanner and MLinkPlanner software, when used together, gives us the ability to confirm the coverage and link paths for all aspects of PMR digital radio networks, along with associated IP wireless backhaul systems for our clients. The output reports from the software are very professional, and the ability to export maps to Google Earth gives even greater flexibility for the presentation of information.

 

The software is highly configurable whilst also being very easy to use. We got going and were generating quality outputs within an hour. The provided equipment library files are very extensive and already contained just about every product and antenna that we wanted to perform modeling for (Such as Cambium, RFI, Ubiquiti).

 

Oleg from CTT/Wireless Planning has also been very helpful in our support requests to import custom terrain data for use on jobs where the client has recently performed large excavations.

 

I highly recommend this software to anyone who needs to perform RF planning and predictive coverage works.

Asger Hartmann
Denmark

September 1st, 2021

 

I was looking for an easy to use application for coverage prediction and planning. I came accross the Radioplanner2 tool.
The tool is easy to install and easy to start using.
The tool offers coverage maps based on downlink signal and minimum RSSI values. Also, uplink prediction based on MS signal and base station sensitivity is possible.
What I found very useful, however - is the combined plot - giving the option of plotting coverage in relation to both downlink as well as uplink at same time.
The tool offers options for entering details like cable length and cable type - which is important in relation to basing the plot calculation on the most accurate data.
Also, antenna characteristics can be entered - either by using a generic antenna type - or importing the characteristics via data from antenna vendor.

Andrew Miles, Chief Architect
Telet Research, London 

 

Thank you for developing RadioPlanner2.1 - it is one of the most usable and productive tools of its type that I have seen so far.

Mick Cooper
Telet Research, London 

 

This is a wonderful platform, I am very impressed. So much quicker than other ones I have used, and the mapping is excellent.

Wilson Martins
Campinas, SP, Brasil

I have been working, a lot, on broadcasting systems, Digital TV, FM Radio and Terrestrial Digital radio links around my country and also in some other places in the world. I'm very satisfied with RadioPlanner 2.1 and MLinkPlanner, which has made my work much faster and at the same time allowed me to greatly improve the technical quality of the projects I have been working on. I'm also very grateful for the immediate help I received when I needed to replace my computer's hard disk, an action that forced me to reinstall all the software. I take the opportunity to congratulate everyone at CCT for the excellent work done.

Ronaldo Cidade

Technical Manager CCTEL Radiocomunicação. Brazil

February 25, 2021

 

We acquired the RadioPlanner and saw that it is at the level of the best prediction software on the market, without abusive prices.
Congratulations to the creators of the RP, it has helped us a lot in our TETRA link projects.

 

Diego Kosta 

HGSS - Hrvatska gorska sluzba spasavanja (Croatian mountain rescue service)

January 30, 2021

 

Radioplanner is very simple to use but also a powerful software. You can customize a lot of parameters and simulate real-life equipment.
We liked very much that it can combine coverage of multiple DMR repeaters in an area, that is great when you have multiple linked repeaters and want to get their total coverage.

Eric THIEBAUT 

A.N.T. Conseil

France

September 25, 2020

 

New to RadioPlanner (also being a user of many other modeling and GIS software) I am very happy with the quality of the product, its simplicity, its ergonomics, and the results obtained are excellent. In addition, we asked for some new functionalities and the exchanges with the technical service were cordial and efficient ... These new functionalities were developed (very quickly). This is really very appreciable. Thank you and keep it up

Zlatko Zahirović

Oakville
Ontario, Canada

June 11, 2020

 

CTT made network planning an absolute breeze. The features are incredibly comprehensive and advanced. The pricepoint is also incredibly reasonable, they are easily 100 times cheaper than the enterprise software that leads this field. Customer service is also incredible and highly responsive, the customer support makes the usage of this software extremely easy and is always helpful.
 

Alexander Capaul

Nägele-Capaul communications AG

Switzerland

March 31, 2020

 

I bought your package RadioPlanner and MlinkPlanner this morning online. Then I installed the RadioPlanner and got the first prediction within 30 min on the screen.
Your program has very good maps and also the clutter data is ok in my region.
The terrain height I checked in your map in front of my Office and it was within 1m exact this means you have very accurate terrain data
RadioPlanner is very easy to use and I didn't have to use any manual to get the first prediction.
 
My compliments to our team of developers! They did very good work.

It is very nice easy to use RadioPlanner and delivers very accurate predictions Since I calculated an existing VHF DMR Transmitter Site we built a few months ago and we have known the practical coverage or dead spots in the coverage area
Your prediction showed also these dead spots, I got them from feedback from the users of the systems.
 
The huge choice of Maps is fantastic.
 
I am truly satisfied with your Software
 
Best regards

Bert Rushford​  |  Principle Consultant
Obsidian Consulting, LLC

Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

May 21, 2019

Obsidian Consulting, LLC has been evaluating RadioPlanner 2.1 software for about two weeks.  We limited our testing to 700/800mHz P25 and analog Land Mobile Radio (“LMR”) systems. Our primary evaluator has been designing and implementing LMR systems for 30 years.  Part of that 30-year tenure was with Motorola where he helped Motorola develop its own proprietary LMR propagation modeling software.  Our other consulting engineers also have decades of LMR system design experience.  As a team, we are very impressed with RadioPlanner 2.1’s features, functionality, accuracy, and ease of use!  A word of caution – “ease of use” is a relative term.  If you are an experienced LMR engineer you will find it easy to navigate and populate the software’s data fields and generate your first propagation map.  If not, RadioPlanner is intuitive enough that trial and error will get you positive results.


RadioPlanner 2.1 offers many useful features to provide accurate LMR propagation modeling.  Two of our favorites are: 1) the point calculation; and, 2) the co-channel carrier to interference ratio (“C/I”) and carrier to adjacent channel ratio (“C/A”) tools.  The point calculation provides a point-to-point (“PTP”) terrain path profile calculation, with terrain view, between the selected LMR site and any point within the LMR coverage area of interest.  This built-in PTP feature is nice to further analyze areas of weak LMR coverage and visually see why the area falls below the desired threshold.  It is also a great tool to use during client presentations as the path profile illustrates path obstructions that degrade the RF signal; which audience members’ can easily understand.  This PTP calculation can be performed on the fly in a matter of seconds – again great for client presentations.  The C/I and C/A tools are useful for modeling multi-channel trunking systems.  For us, this great a great feature, as most of our system designs are 700/800mHz trunking systems.  The program allows easy entry of all the LMR’s trunking frequencies and demonstrates how co-channels and adjacent-channels could impact the LMR trunking system’s performance.  These are just two of our favorite RadioPlanner 2.1 features but the program offers many other beneficial features such as, to name a few; 1) uplink and downlink signal strength coverages maps, 2) coverage maps of areas where the signal strengths are above both the LMR site and the subscriber’s threshold; and, 3) the ability to save your work as a KMZ file.  The program can also calculate various, user selectable, clutter losses and easily allows for demonstrating in-building coverage losses.  


As part of our assessment, we also tested RadioPlaner 2.1’s predicted coverage against the actual coverage produced by two active LMR trunking systems.  One is a 700mHz P25 LMR, digital only, trunking system and the other one is an 800mHz analog LMR trunking system.  We did not perform an exhaustive coverage test as we would during a formal LMR coverage acceptance test.  Instead, we programmed two portable radios and selected locations, within the predicted coverage area, that exhibited less than desirable coverage.  We then drove to the selected areas and initiated multiple push-to-talks while overserving the radios received signal strength.  What we discovered is that the predicted coverage paralleled the actual coverage for both the 700mHz and 800mHz systems extremely well.  We would be very confident using RadioPlanner to model and define LMR site selection for wide-area multi-site 700/800mHz systems; and/or, single-site systems.  


Based, on our relatively short assessment, there are two items that would be nice-to-have.  One nice-to-have would be a clickable zoom-in zoom-out function displayed on the coverage map’s output similar to those found in Google Earth or Google maps.  It would also be useful if the zoom-out/zoom-in function remained focused on the area of interest rather than having to pan back to the area of interest.  There is a pull-down menu you can click to change the coverage map’s eye-level view or you can also use your mouse’s scroll knob to provide an equivalent function; but, you still need to pan back to the area of interest.  The other nice-to-have would be a data field to add system gain derived from a tower top amplifier (“TTA”) on LMR base station’s (“Station”) receive side.  Fortunately, the program allows a different set of parameter to be used for the station’s transmit and receive antenna systems.  As such, you can set the station’s receive antenna system to any height, be it equal to or not to the transmit antenna’s height, and zero out the receive coaxial line losses if your system is utilizing a TTA.  You can also lower the station’s receive threshold if your system uses a TTA. The program also has a diversity gain data field in the station’s parameters that may accomplish the same results as having a dedicated TTA input gain field.  But, we did not experiment with the diversity gain input during our evaluation.  We set our station’s receive side line loss to zero.  


These are very minor items and the program’s excellent performance greatly out ways these nice-to-haves.  Overall we would strongly recommend this program to anyone interested in a very nicely designed, flexible and multi-faceted RF propagation modeling tool.  We also note that RadioPlanner’s email tech support was excellent even though their tech support is several hours ahead of us.

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